MSU AgBioResearch associate director appointed to AVMA

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EAST LANSING, Mich.MSU AgBioResearch associate director John Baker has been appointed to a three-year term on the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Research.

The council advises the AVMA executive board on scientific research and discovery that impacts the veterinary profession, in order to sustain and advance the scientific bases of veterinary medicine. Baker represents the veterinary medical colleges on the council through July 2016.  

This is Baker’s second stint on the AVMA Council of Research. He previously served from 2003-2009.

In 1984, Baker joined MSU as a faculty member in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences where he eventually also served as section head for Food Animal Medicine and Surgery and as acting director of the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station (now MSU AgBioResearch) from 2004-2005.

Before being named associate director of MSU AgBioResearch in 2006, he was CVM associate dean for research and graduate studies, director of University Research Containment Facility and CVM Vivarium, and a professor of large animal clinical sciences.

Baker received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate of veterinary medicine degrees from Ohio State University. He served a clinical internship and clinical residency at the University of Minnesota where he completed his PhD in large animal clinical sciences.

He serves on numerous professional societies concerned with veterinary medicine, research and large animal industries.


MSU AgBioResearch engages in innovative, leading-edge research that combines scientific expertise with practical experience to generate economic prosperity, sustain natural resources and enhance the quality of life in Michigan, the nation and the world. It encompasses the work of more than 300 scientists in seven MSU colleges—Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts and Letters, Communication Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Natural Science, Social Science and Veterinary Medicine—and has a network of 13 research centers across the state.

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